Just went out for 20 minutes here at my homespot, the board had to be "baptized" you know...
The worst possible conditions - light and gusty wind, more than a half meter chop, and it was very dark as it is almost winter and the sun went down half an hour before I went out
So a somewhat crappy session - but just to "break in" the board, so its wet, feel it, and so on.
The 10 feels much bigger than the 09 - but as I havent sailed the 09 in such huge bad chop, it can be difficult to say how far apart or close they are.
It does not take off as clean as the 09 when jumping - might be practice because of the front fins, dont know yet...
But landings seemed quite easy, was afraid the fins would make it difficult. Assume it is the lower angle of the fins for the 10 that makes this possible.
Feels a bit bigger when rotating of course, but still almost the same as it is quite light.
Turning and waves: It does not turn as easy as the 09, so you have to put the weight less on the front foot if riding waves for fun, otherwise it will track in a wide radius.
Cutback is a catastrophy, if you keep the front fins in the water - but if you just push the rear fins in the wave, so the front ones are lifted out - the 10 works just as good as the 09.
Why do I do this on a raceboard you might ask ? Well, I want to find the "borders" for a board, and what is possible/not possible - and besides it is fun to do it just "once in a while" if it has been light for a long time especially.
Carving/jibing - VERY different from the 09.
The 09 should be speeded through the turn, and no volume in the nose, so you had to change feet very precisely, and also keep good entry speed in order to keep the planing.
With the 10 you can glide around, and just change feet whenever you want to - because of the size/width - very stable so to speak - a bit like the wide windsurfers.
Doing planing jibes is extremely easy, but maybe because you can glide with much lower speed.
So apart from getting used to more foot pressure because of the width - it is really easy to jibe on this one.
Although - feels like it is more difficult to ride with as much speed as the 09 at first ?
Tacking is a breeze of course - but we knew that in advance.
Upwind - dont know because of the conditions - but as the Oz'es said, it can be ridden very flat if you want to (or edged if you want to).
Upwind angle and low wind ability was impossible to extract from today
Downwind though - felt quite easy for me on the 10 even in these conditions, because the fins are not as angled as the 09 maybe ?
I have an idea that it performs best in more flat water, because of the planing surface/area - whereas the 09 was really good in chop.
Riding without ANY pull from the kite, just standing on the board flying the kite around without pull, in lulls, is easy too on the 10. Was impossible on the 09 which would sink.
So you would be able to ride far even if the wind dies - and if the kite goes down, packing down and selfrescuing should not be hard - but havent tried it.
Generally as said - the 10 feels a lot bigger than the 09, and not as light/fast in the same way.
Could also be the fins, so will try to change fins later on, to see how much the fins can change, and how much is in the board - just for finding the "borders" again
Less freeride with the 10, as the 09 were. Less wave ability too.
But a lot more ease in lulls, and tacking is sweet now.
Just first experiences on an afternoon where it was dark and I could not see s... - so dont take it for much.
Will write later when I get more watertime on the board
Kindly, Peter Frank